Glenn's getting a hybrid?

Is Glenn really thinking about giving up his super stretched Escalade and buying a hybrid?

GLENN:  It's the humane thing to do, drill right through his head to get the oil.  I mean, we had John McCain on Friday and he was like, I can't -- I would just as soon drill in the Grand Canyon as in the ANWR.  Really?  Do we have oil in the Grand Canyon?  Because I'm with you on that.  Oh, you were being sarcastic.  I'm not.  I mean, people just don't understand we can't live without oil.  Maybe we can in 50 years.  Maybe we can in 20 years.  Maybe we can in 10 but that's like me saying, Oh, you know what?  I'm not going to buy a new car.  My car breaks down.  It's on its last legs.  There's no way I'm going to make it home and every mechanic has said, boy, you're in real trouble, you don't replace this car.  Don't worry about it.  I'm going to poop out a hybrid around 2:00 this afternoon.  "You're going to what?"  "Yeah, I think I ate enough fiber and everything, I think I can poop out some sort of a hybrid today that I'm going to take home."  "Okay.  Well, until you actually do that, you might want to go to the GM dealer and get yourself another car."  "No, no, I'm going to just keep on working on pooping out this hybrid."  That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard!  When you actually poop it out and we drive it around for a while, we know that it works, that's great.  Until that time, we should probably go to the automakers and get one.  What do you say?  Who's with me on that one?  Oh, yeah, I'm just going to -- you know what we're going to do, alternative energy.  Mmm-hmmm.  When we have it, you let me know.  But everything we ever come up with, with alternative energy:  "Oh, no, but not that one.  That one's bad.  That one's bad."  Okay, I'm down to a campfire.  "But you have smoke in the air and you're burning the forest."  It's a campfire!  I don't have anything left!  "Yeah, mmm-hmmm, I know, but we're going to work on some alternative energy."  Oh, these people drive me crazy.

By the way, you know I'm doing this -- these commercials for GM and this is not a commercial.  I do these commercials for GM and every couple of weeks they give me another vehicle to drive, et cetera, et cetera.  I drove their Tahoe hybrid for the last three or four days.  That thing is fantastic.  I just bought a Denali and a Escalade.  I have two GM cars not because -- I never got a special deal or anything else.  I buy them from a friend of mine down in Florida and love them.  Love them both.  I am ready to sell both of them.  They're less than a year old each.  This Tahoe, it's a hybrid, gets 8 miles more per gallon, gets 22 miles per gallon.  It's fantastic.  It's electric V-8/V-4.  The thing has -- what are you looking at me like that, Stu?

STU:  So it runs as a V-4, a V-8 and a hybrid separately?

GLENN:  Yeah, at some point it runs as a -- it's wild to drive.  At some point it is an electric, at some point it's just a V-4 and then when you need it, it's a V-8.  The thing has guts to it.  I mean, I hate to -- I hate to discredit government mandates, you know, and all those people who are forcing us to, you know, "Well, you've got to..." I hate to discredit that by saying, hey, here's a vehicle that I actually like, works really well.  I like it more than the Escalade and the Denali and it's great on fuel economy.  That's great.

STU:  So when did you get the letter from the Government that you had to buy it?

GLENN:  I didn't.  I didn't, uh-huh.

STU:  No, but how else would you understand to buy a product?

GLENN:  I don't, I know.  And you know the thing I really like about it?  I don't know if it's just because this is a test, this is a loaner thing that the, you know, Detroit sends this out to me with like this -- I don't know.  Have you ever seen them with the big hybrid sticker on them?  The Denali is made -- I mean, the Tahoe and the Yukon I think are the same thing hybrid but I'm having -- right now I'm driving the Tahoe.

STU:  But have you seen them with the big huge hybrid on the side?  Beck)

STU:  Says hybrid in big letters?

GLENN:  It's got to be, what is that, six inches?  Got to be six inches all across the said, says hybrid and then across the back window it says hybrid.  You've never driven in New York City in an SUV until you've had somebody pound on a -- "You don't need..."  I'm not kidding you, pound on your hood, "You don't need a car this big."  I rolled down the windows.  "Yes, I do.  I've got dead bodies of liberals in the back.  I need them as big as they come.  Want to see it?"  Until you've driven, you know, and people are pounding on your hoods, you know, I'll just take the pavement -- I'm thinking about just putting hybrid on the side of the car.

STU:  That was the goal of our stickers, the hybrid -- what was it, hydro?

GLENN:  Hydrocarbon.

STU:  Hydrocarbon powered eco vehicle?

GLENN:  Hydrocarbon powered eco vehicle.  It's fantastic, absolutely fantastic.  But anyway, it's the new hybrid from GM, not a commercial.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

Summer is ending and fall is in the air. Before you know it, Christmas will be here, a time when much of the world unites to celebrate the love of family, the generosity of the human spirit, and the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem.

For one night only at the Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, on December 7th, join internationally-acclaimed radio host and storyteller Glenn Beck as he walks you through tales of Christmas in the way that only he can. There will be laughs, and there might be a few tears. But at the end of the night, you'll leave with a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face.

Reconnect to the true spirit of Christmas with Glenn Beck, in a storytelling tour de force that you won't soon forget.

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